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Autumn leaves me lost for words


No it’s not one of the Ghostbusters! It’s a guy clearing our square here in Kärrtorp of autumn leaves.

After having taught English for well over 20 years, you’d think that Gary and I knew most words in the language. Far from it! On average, I’d say we learnt about 10 new words or phrases a week. And when we are doing our courses in Housing English for SABO, it’s probably double that. There are so many legal terms, pieces of equipment and names for household objects that one doesn’t know. The course participants really keep us on our toes.

Back to our chap in the square. It’s very obvious what his inverted vacuum cleaner thingy does, but what on earth do you call it? I asked him but he told me he was Russian and didn’t speak Swedish or English. Fascinating though it might have been to learn the Russian word for his gadget, instead I Tweated the question. I rapidly got an answer from former Impact92 colleague, Anna Whinett now in Wales: a leafblower. That easy!

Leafinator was also suggested but it sounded far too Schwarzeneggeresque to me. I Googled the term and found out that there is a device with that name. It’s used to clear swimming pools. I had a mental image of Arnie jumping around in the water gathering dead leaves.

“Hasta la vista, baby! I’ll be bark!”

Hats off to Bio Reflexen in Kärrtorp!

Talk about quality of life!

I had a five minute walk yesterday evening to Reflexen, our fabulous local fleapit here in Kärrtorp to see their Monday evening film. It’s run by volunteers so ticket prices are low and the films are chosen with great care. Little popcorn and coke here. Instead we get home-made cakes and coffee.

How lucky we are to have them!

There’s a strong community spirit in the southern suburbs. The very admirable Linje 17 get a lot of headlines, but I take my hat off to those enthusiastic volunteers at Reflexen who make it possible for local people, both young and old, to see quality films in their hood.

And what an amazing film we saw! Uberto Pasolini’s Still Life. British cinema of world class.

Eddie Marsan gives the performance of a lifetime. He is a council worker struggling to give the funerals of people who have died alone some dignity and respect.

Here’s an interview with the director Uberto Pasolini. Only his second film as director!


Low-key, melancholic, restrained, very amusing and extremely moving. If it was music it would be a chamber piece in a minor key.

Not many car chases, explosions or alien invasions in this one!
See it!